Some of the world's best Almandine Garnets come from Connecticut.
The best known garnet mines in Connecticut are in the Roxbury Falls area.
State Mineral: Garnet
Garnet was adopted by Connecticut as its official State Mineral in 1977.
Useful Books & Bibliography:
- Earth Treasures: The Northeastern Quadrant, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hempshire, New Jersey - by Allan W. Eckert
Precise detailed listings, excellent index, should be in every rock-hounders back-pack.
- 50 Hikes in Connecticut: From the Berkshires to the Coast - by David Hardy, Gerry Hardy (Contributor), Sue Hardy (Contributor)
Portable guide to individual and family hikes across scenic Connecticut
- Field Collecting Gemstones and Minerals - by John Sinkankas
Probably the best general description written for the layperson about how, where, and why gem and mineral deposits form.
- Gemstones - by Cally Hall
A field guide to gemstones. Nice pictures and good, brief, well-written descriptions of over 130 varieties of gemstones.
- The Curious Lore of Precious Stones - by George Frederick Kunz
The definitive book on fascinating, traditional gem lore. Very practical.
- Gem Identification Made Easy: A Hands-On Guide to More Confident Buying & Selling New 3rd Edition - by Antoinette L. Matlins & Antonio C. Bonanno
This book is really great for knowing he latest gems, synthetics, treatments, and instruments. Easy to use.
- Gemstone Buying Guide: A Guide to Buying - by Renee Newman
Very nice gemstone identification book.
- Simon and Schuster's Guide to Gems and Precious Stones - by C. Ciprianai, Kennie Lyman (Editor), Alessando Borelli
This book is one inch thick and every facing page has a full colored photo of gems or precious stones. Hardness, weights, cuts, refractions, and value of color are given for each gem.
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